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1281 Hikes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
When looking for solitude or a quiet, cool creek to ramble along, look no further than Canyon Creek. This trail’s gentle tread and easy grade were cut long ago for horse-pack trains. Along this old supply route to the mines there are numerous babbling brooks, and other natural wonders to keep you entertained. Once this river trail could be followed all the way to Chancellor and then into the Pasayten Wilderness or towards Harts Pass. Alas, wash outs now close the trail five miles in at Mill Creek.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(70 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 61 ft.
Highest Point: 5581 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Wheelchair accessible, this trail is paved to a lookout on a ledge overlooking Liberty Bell Mountain. This area is worth the trip from the west side, because of spectacular views, and the myriad hiking trails in the area.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
Explore a part of the King County trail system in Kent.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This flower-lined trail with big views will make you wonder if the Blue Mountains earned their name from the carpets of larkspur along the route.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6401 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Despite the name, Mount Misery trail offers a delightful hike to the Oregon Butte Lookout, situated on a hilltop in the remote Blue Mountains.
 
 

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore from ridgelines to river in a remote corner of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
7.28 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 420 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
You can visit several parks along the way of this urban trail including Celebration Park, Madrona Park and Panther Lake Park. It is also passes by the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Centre. The paved path is ADA accessible and allows leashed dogs.
 
 

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(62 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The Silver Forest Trail is a lesser-known and therefore less-crowded alternative at Mount Rainier’s Sunrise. Enjoy mountain, glacier and river valley views along a gentle trail that is mostly out of sight of the bustle of Sunrise.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 5275 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(17 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Walk a very pleasant and well-graded trail through old- and new-growth forest. After a moderate elevation gain, the forest opens into meadowlands filled with wildflowers after the snow melts. A pair of shallow but pretty lakes, with a rocky ridge as a backdrop, completes the scene.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 6920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Forest lake is a small lake in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 6150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This short, one-mile, downhill jaunt from the hairpin turn on the road to Sunrise makes a great detour when hiking the Palisades Lakes trail, or a nice warm up before tackling longer hikes like Burroughs or Dege Peak from Sunrise.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(27 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(63 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(36 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This is a pleasant hike to a small lake and a notched gap with sweeping views. Sheep Lake is nestled in a subalpine area that explodes with wildflowers in July and August. The lake is a good place to relax and enjoy nature or perhaps take off your boots and go wading. Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Crystal Lakes basin on the other side.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 3250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The hike to Stafford Falls drops steeply from the road, requiring a climb to return to your vehicle. But after 0.4 miles, it follows crystal-clear Chinook Creek as it cascades down a gentle slope, with small plunges, narrow chutes, beautiful blue-green pools, and a 25-foot punch-bowl waterfall. Such beauty and serenity are seldom this easy to get to.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3940 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
Ollalie Creek Camp offers a walk through old growth woodland, colorful blooms and berries to an isolated creekside campsite perfect for solitude or connecting to the stunning Cowlitz Divide and iconic Indian Bar.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 5220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
The overlook at Faraway Rock is a short jaunt along the Mazama Ridge Trail up from Stevens Canyon Road and Reflection Lakes along the Wonderland Trail. This viewpoint showcases glistening Lake Louise below and the towering Tatoosh Ridge to the south.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
This little stopover off the road that encircles Mount Rainier is a wonderful, short leg-stretcher with gorgeous views of the dramatic canyon of the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz River, and a short hike to a box canyon — an unusual feature in this park.
 
 
 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(44 votes)
On your next trip to Deception Pass State Park, don’t cross over the Deception Pass bridge. Instead, take the road down to Bowman Bay for some fine hiking along the rugged cliffs. Great views of the bridge over Deception and Canoe Pass, calm Lottie Bay, a woodland walk through hemlock, fir and Pacific Madrone, plus the legend of the Maiden of Deception Pass are what await you here.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
1.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Terrell Creek Marsh is one of the few remaining saltwater/freshwater estuaries in northern Puget Sound. The half mile loop through a mixed forest of maple, alder, paper birch, cedars, and hemlock has 10 informative signs along the way. There are 1.5 miles of saltwater shoreline to explore.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Traverse across beautiful Chuckanut Mountain in Larrabee State Park. Enjoy views of Puget Sound, as well as Mount Baker along this high trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
7.7 miles of trails
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Enjoy a stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park. To find a little solitude take a turn off the beaten path to rise above the south side of the lake on a less-trodden upper trail.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest.
 
 

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Hike along the abandoned Bellingham & Skagit Interurban Railway grade between Fairhaven and Bellingham, which has been reclaimed as pedestrian trail. The gentle grade makes it a good option for new hikers, and excellent views of Bellingham Bay make for great trailside distractions.